Ink, Iron, and Glass (Ink, Iron, and Glass, #1) by Gwendolyn Clare

Ink, Iron, and Glass (Ink, Iron, and Glass, #1)

Can she write a world gone wrong?A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation by her mother—a noted scriptologist.But when her home is attacked and her mother abducted, Elsa must cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative 19th-century Italy, Elsa finds ...

Details Ink, Iron, and Glass (Ink, Iron, and Glass, #1)

TitleInk, Iron, and Glass (Ink, Iron, and Glass, #1)
Release DateFeb 20th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Ink, Iron, and Glass (Ink, Iron, and Glass, #1)

  • Lisa
    ETA: So glad I picked this up. The action picked up immediately, and I saw new depth with the characters. Plus, wow, some surprises that I'm still reeling from!
  • Michelle
    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**Ink, Iron, and Glass is the first book in a new duology by the same name from debut novelist Gwendolyn Clare. Ink, Iron, and Glass is a steampunk fantasy duology about a world where a type of science called scriptology exists. Scriptology is a science magic hybrid where the "scientist" can actually create a new world by scripting or writing it into existence. This co...
  • Lydia
    NO NO NO, HOLY MOTHER OF PLOT TWISTS.MY POOR HEART.I'm writing this review STRAIGHT AWAY after completing 'Ink, Iron and Glass' by Gwendolyn Clare, and I'm in complete utter agony.This book was gripping, delicious and delightfully entertaining - it pulled me in from the very first page and demanded that I rarely put it down (oops, sorry University work - you'll have to wait!). It was engaging in a way that most of the books I've read recently hav...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    This book is super hard for me to rate because it's somewhere between 4 to 5 stars. It has a brilliantly conceived world and the world building is superb (and not something I usually harp on or care about). It's a quiet book, doesn't have a lot of flashy plot twists, but there's just something about it. The main character is super relatable to me, and she has a fascinating personality and limitations that she has to grow from. The character arcs ...
  • Aila
    3.5 starsI enjoyed Ink, Iron, and Glass! It comes off as a bit of a quieter historical fantasy, but it promises nonstop adventure and a cast of delightful characters that work together to pretty much save the world. The setting was pretty extraordinary: we’re looking at the Victorian era of Italy, around the late 1800’s, where Italian unification is taking place. While the book isn’t exactly historically accurate, it does follow some of the...
  • Rachael
    One of my least favorite things in the world is when I read a book that I self-hyped so much in my mind and then the actual product monumentally disappoints. And Ink, Iron, and Glass is the PERFECT example, so I guess it's good for something after all :')What makes it worse is that this book has the kind of concept that could work on pretty much any medium. A steampunk novel where the main character is a character in a world that became sentient?...
  • TJ Burns
    Wow! Yes! This is my kind of book! Intelligent, clever, creative, and action-packed story line; intriguing and diverse characters, who experience personal growth; interesting, clever, and at times witty dialogue; surprises and unexpected twists - everything I look for in a YA fantasy!I received a copy of this book from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • FloeticFlo
    I was definitely intrigued by this book as soon as I read the summary. It was a fast read -- I read the entire thing over the course of two sessions, which is something I haven't done in awhile.The style of writing is definitely different. I can't describe it, exactly, but it's very .... matter-of-fact. Succinct, maybe? I think the reason this is so jarring is because it is in contrast to the world being described. Fantasy writing tends to be bea...
  • Cambear
    Anyone looking for Italian steampunk?This book has really unique world building with its Italian states setting and different rules for magic. There's a big mystery and lots of twists and turns with fun fan fantastic little inventions. If you're a fan of steampunk, this is a refershing new voice. (Also, what's steampunk without tentacles? I want to play with Skandar!) If you're not into steampunk, it's a fun historic fantasy. This book isn't big ...
  • Yvonne Olson
    I'm a little iffy on my feelings on this book. I had a lot of trouble following the plot. It didn't feel organic, and there was so much that happened that resulted in my not wanted to finish it. It felt like there were 3 different books at the beginning, because it started out scientific, turned into a suspense, and then there was a mystery - that felt like they didn't go together, really.
  • Deborah Schaumberg
    I just had a chance to read an ARC of this book. It is completely unique! I loved the steampunky elements and the world-building is amazing. The characters are well-developed and the ending is a total surprise! You will not be disappointed!
  • Caitlin Christensen
    Ink, Iron, and Glass is a steampunk novel set in an alternative universe where mad scientists abound and anyone with a gift for alchemy, mechanics, or "scriptology" (the science of literally writing worlds into existence) are considered crazy and either locked away or exploited for their talents. Enter Elsa, a young girl who is the by-product of scriptology, aka she was written into existence rather than being born into it naturally. She lives on...
  • Laura
    Oh, if only "ink" weren't in the title: the creation of a world by writing it can only draw comparison to Funke's Inkheart. And this doesn't deserve that comparison because it's not close to being the same thing. But then, there are bits of Narnia (the World Between the Worlds) and other novels inside.The world that Clare has created here is a great mix of European steampunk and what might be called pre-industrial, with call outs to writers and e...
  • Nicole Strand
    Can you rewrite a world gone wrong?A certain person with a certain pen and a certain book can make that possible. Through a science called Scriptology. Elsa comes from one of those worlds and her mother is the creator of it.But her home is attacked and her mother is abducted and Elsa must cross into the real world to find her. She finds a secret society of pazzerellones and recruits their help just when an assassin arrives on her doorstep.This bo...
  • Dee
    ** I was provided with an ARC copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion **An intriguing premise with a somewhat slow start, Clare's Ink, Iron, and Glass weaves an interesting tale with the concept of writing reality. The main character, Elsa, is not human, scripted into existed through the abilities of a scriptologist. A scriptologist herself, she has the ability to write things into existence. After her mom is captured, she has to make...
  • Kat
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the E-ARC copy of this novel.Who doesn't love creativity? Ink, Iron, and Glass is a creative and different novel. I love that idea of magic ink and scriptology. Elsa is a wonderful character, but more than that she is blend into a well told story. Elsa will have to faces trials in her life to get back her missing mother and understand the world that she has been written into. It has a side romance, but...
  • Holly Brumback
    The premise of Ink, Iron, and Glass just sounded really spectacular, and I was super excited to read it. I just found it so slow going. I put the book aside multiple times because I thought that maybe it was just the January blues, but it wasn't. There just wasn't any part of the book that made me want to read more of it.Thank you to Netgalley and Macmillan Children's Publishing Group for a copy of this book!
  • JaNae
    Soooooo what your telling me is that I have to wait a whole YEAR for the next book!!!!! The way it ended is a perfect way to go about a second book. I love these characters and I can't wait for the plot to develop more!
  • Renee
    Bruh that ENDING!!! Definitely another fave for 2017 reading year (it still counts even if it won't come out until 2018 right?) review to come when it's not 12 am
  • Sean
    Fast-paced, fun, great writing. Loved the "science" (alchemy and scriptology? yes, please). And what an amazing, inventive world! And holy plot twists!Full review TK
  • Cheryl
    2.5 stars.
  • Jessica
    I was lucky enough to read an ARC, and the world building in this is just incredible. Highly recommended!
  • Nicole
    Review to come soon.